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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
A Puritan
(From Merry Drollery, 1661. fol. 2)

A PURITAN of late,
And eke a holy Sister,
A Catechizing sate,
And fan he would have kist her
        For his Mate.        5
But she a Babe of grace,
A Child of reformation
Thought kissing a disgrace,
A Limb of profanation
        In that place.        10
He swore by yea and nay
He would have no denial,
The spirit would it so,
She should endure a trial
        Ere she go.        15
Why swear you so, quoth she?
Indeed, my holy Brother,
You might have forsworn be
Had it been to another,
        Not to me.        20
He laid her on the ground,
His Spirits fell a ferking,
Her Zeal was in a sound,
He edified her Merkin
        Upside down.        25
And when their leave they took,
And parted were asunder
My Muse did then awake,
And I turn’d Ballad-monger.
        For their sake.        30

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